COMPATIBILITY: There is a new pastor at one of the Churches that I visit on occasion, and for the life of me…I don’t think the guy likes me. I know it’s not me…right? So… it must be him. What’s wrong with him, I’m asking myself…really, something’s got to be wrong with him.
In an effort to “close the gap, I offered to take him to lunch one day (and I’m NOT a go to lunch kind of guy), but of course…he’s too busy, he says. Yeah…sure. Ok…something might be wrong with me, too, however doubtful. We are not in harmony, no rapport…. obviously; and no empathy or sympathy, and seemingly…. Little regard for each other. Ok, I’ve covered everything…so, it MUST be him.
What would happen if he was my co-worker, or my boss, or me…his; or worse…a customer? I’d have to accept him, or get to the bottom of it, clear the air with him. I could…. just go to a different Church. Maybe he’s seen me “resting my eyes”…eh…praying – yeah…that’s it. Shouldn’t that be a good thing?
As God’s children, we have to accept our differences, move on… all the while applying the Golden Rule, as said in Matthew 7:12. And, in Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I’m the type guy who, over the years, really didn’t care/bother about “getting along.” Not in the sense that I went about being hard to get along with, rather… I just decided my course and “stuck to it.” This type of attitude did not stand well with the conventional/traditional mind set. And, didn’t win hoodless of friends, either. Again… who cared?
Today, my “mind-set” is different. I’d rather bend over backwards to “get along.” That’s not to say, that I would COMPROMISE my values…heck NO! It means, rather, that I’m “more-willing” to listen to the other side. I try to be more “open-minded.” I try to “carry God’s Word” to any/all that will give me their ear. To do this, I cannot be the SOB that I have spent most of my life being.
Isaiah 1:16-20 – Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”